Australia beats Sri Lanka to win ODI series

Published: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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Aus beats Sri Lanka to win ODI series

Colombo, Aug 21: Xavier Doherty and Brett Lee shared eight wickets as Australia beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the fourth one-day international to secure an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.

Batting first, Sri Lanka was bundled out for 132 in the 39th over and Australia reached 133-5 with 22 overs to spare at R Premadasa Stadium. Shaun Marsh top-scored for Australia with 70.

Doherty picked up the important wickets of Kumar Sangakkara (31), Chamara Silva (0) and Anjelo Mathews (7) and also tailender Seekkuge Prasanna to finish with 4-28, surpassing his previous best figures 4-46.

Lee took 4-15 to help dismiss Sri Lanka with more than 11 overs to spare.

Australia lost two early wickets in their chase with opener Shane Watson (12) and Ricky Ponting (0) being bowled in the seventh over of the innings by seamer Lasith Malinga. Both wickets were lost with the total on 26.

Watson mistimed an drive straight to Ajantha Mendis at mid-on, while Prasanna took a diving catch to dismiss Ponting.

Marsh and captain Michael Clarke steadied the innings, sharing 97 runs for the third wicket in 116 balls.

Debutant leg spinner Prasanna dismissed Marsh caught by wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara in the 27th over and went on to capture two more wickets in the same over -- Mike Hussey (0) caught behind and David Hussey (0) bowled. But his effort came too late defending a low total.

Prasanna finished his first international match with best bowling figures 3-32. Malinga returned 2-18.


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